Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Summertime’s rolling round and with it comes a new series of Bobby’s Tips!

As a warm up we’ve released a rap video to whet your appetites and make the promise that I’ll be prostituting my dignity for cheap laughs like I never have before.

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Check out the latest sci-funk mash up from my Bobby’s Tips cohort under his geek pleasing alias Mondo Prime.

Use the force, fight the power! Huh!

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I’m still loving spotify and I’m not yet bothered by the adverts, which I’m quite surprised at, and along my ride on the enjoyment train I’ve of course been making playlists.

This playlist is based on the name of the blog, so under250 becomes under2:50, or under 2 minutes and 50 seconds! Yes, slightly lame, but as we all know the perfect length for a song is somewhere between 1:17 and 2:50, so logically it follows that this playlist will be plumped full of perfection.

Pink Mountaintops – New Drug Queens
Cliff Richard & The Shadows – In The Country
DOOM – Lightworks
Limp Bizkit – Break Stuff
U.n.p.o.c. – Jump Jet Friend
Petula Clark – Zing Went the Strings of My Heart
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – Wah-Watusi
Bobby McFerrin – Drive My Car
Dusty Springfield – I’ll Do Anything (To Get You)
Prefab Sprout – Whoever You Are
Depeche Mode – I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead
Bascom Lamar Lunsford – Jennie Jenkins
James Yorkston & Bill Duncan – A Calvinist Narrowly Avoids Pleasure
Supergrass – Caught by the Fuzz
The Bluetones – Freeze Dried Pop (Dumb It Up)
Clark – Springtime Epigram
Regina Spektor – It Ain’t No Cover (Live)


I’m childishly proud of myself for including both Cliff Richard and Limp Bizkit, both ridiculously uncool and yet so close together on the playlist and making a sandwich with big ol’ DOOM as the filling.

As long have you’ve installed Spotify and registered you can just click on the link above and you’ll soon be listening to the perfect soundtrack for alphabetising your severed finger collection to. (This one for instance was lost in a freak banjo playing accident.)

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Squeeze and Kenny Everett together, it doesn’t get a lot better than that does it? The man was a bleedin’ genius.

The Thames logo at the start takes me back, I’m not quite sure where, makes me think of Thomas the Tank Engine and Ringo Starr’s silvery tones though.

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I discovered Spotify last week. I was a bit suspicious of it when I first heard about it, in my old age I’ve gained the ‘orrible tendency to psshaw new technology through snarly automatic off handedness, but it’s a fantastic bit of kit. It’s the program I’ve been waiting for since I first got into mp3s all those years ago (Could it possibly be ten years now? Crikey).

For those not in the know, though I’m sure I’m the last to hear about it, it’s basically like those mp3 jukeboxes, but with infinite credits. From what I sludgily understand it works on a streaming peer-to-peer system, a bit like bittorrent. The only concession to be made is the obligatory ad spot that gets chucked in every couple of songs on the free membership, but that’s a trifling hardship for what you’re actually getting. You can also get yourself a paid membership which eliminates the ads altogether, but I’m far too cheap to recommend you do that.

It also allows you to share playlists you’ve made with other users and even create communal playlists that others can add to. Being the ever vigilant procrastinator, I’ve knocked one out (A playlist, obviously.) to get me in the mood during this recent spell of sparkling, sunny spring mornings. Though of course, now as I’m typing this it’s beginning to rain. Sod it, here’s the tracklisting, now go and have a boogie.

bang! it’s morning, it’s spring!
Martha & The Vandellas – (Love is like a) Heatwave
The Doors – Touch Me
DJ Format feat. Abdominal – The Hit Song
Freddie Notes & The Rudies – Montego Bay
The Delfonics- Funny Feeling
Billy Joel – Tell Her About It
Dizzy Gillespie – You Stole My Wife You Horse Thief
Gary Numan – We Take Mystery (To Bed)
Royksopp – Remind Me (Live)
Weezer – No One Else
Passion Pit – Sleepyhead
Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra
The Zombies – This Will Be Our Year (Live)
Nilsson – I’d Rather Be Dead


As long have you’ve installed Spotify and registered you can just click on the link above and you’ll soon be doing the good thing on the bad ankle with all the other kids.

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Korg DS-10

Since Christmas I’ve spent most of my time making an awful racket on the Korg DS-10 for the Nintendo DS, all the while making gleeful seal-like noises. The DS-10 is a surprisingly sophisticated emulation of the early Korg MS-10 synthesizer, and as far as I can figure out has been designed as a gateway drug to the real world of big boy synthesizers. It’s inevitable that once I raise the money to buy one of these sexy bits of kit that I shall become a basement dwelling fanatic, spending hours meticulously concocting tunes that strive to be placed amongst Brian Eno, Aphex Twin and The Pet Shop Boys. I’ve a feeling though that they’ll probably just end up sounding like sped up versions of once popular detective show theme tunes, with Murder, She Wrote being the bookies favourite to eventually convince me to top myself and move on to the next world as an undiscovered musical pioneer.

(I tried far too hard to force that absurd metaphor there.)

But until then I have the DS-10 and whilst the program soon shows you its limitations, the fun factor involved is undeniable. With any luck this will be the first in a long line of similar products to be released on the DS.

Below are some little songs of mine that I’ve uploaded to youtube under the moniker of my fake french house duo, Crow and Conkers. Check out the url if you really want more, but I’ve a feeling I’ll be uploading them here in the near future anyway.

The sound quality isn’t great on these uploads and I reckon that’s because the soundcard on this PC is wack, but trust me, it sounds absolutely banging with a good set of headphones lined straight into the DS.

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